The Australian Mud-dauber Wasp: Australian Bad Thing?

I have written on this blog before about wasps. I wrote a post called Australian Wasps: Big, Bad and Painful?

If you read it, you’ll know that back in England I detested wasps. But in the article, I explain that here they don’t seem to trouble me at all. Well, a year later the situation is still the same.

In a country like Australia which is supposedly jampacked with deadly creatures, you’d at least expect the wasps to be a bigger pain here than in most other places.

Not so!

Last time I had had an encounter with a Potter Wasp and this time my home was intruded by a Mud-dauber wasp. Well, at least that’s what I think happened, to be truthful they both look pretty similar. Anyway, this time I did a video of my encounter and I’ve decided to post it up here for you today.

Well, it is YouTube Friday…

There you have it. Another friendly, kind and gentle wasp from Australia. I never thought I’d use those sort of words to describe any type of wasp. Incredible.

The Mud-dauber wasp: Australian bad thing? Not at all! I quite like them.

Okay, I promise to turn my attentions to matters a little more serious next week, but right now it’s taking me a little while to get back into it. I’m still feeling a little bit Christmassy and New Year’s Eve-ie.

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  • BobinOz January 24, 2011, 11:58 pm | Link

    Ah, that’s what it was then. I remember turning on an outdoor tap only to find it was blocked, at first, and then spurted out some kind of larvae/eggs. Mud wasps?

    Don’t think I’ve seen a paper wasps, but I have heard from others that they are nasty pieces of work. So I’m happy not having seen one. But I’d be surprised if they are worse than the European wasp. AAARRGH! Sorry, it’s just the thought.

  • Gordon January 23, 2011, 9:31 pm | Link

    Aussie mud wasps have annoying habits as well as uses . They can be actually dangerous but not directly , as I’ll explain.

    I’m an engineering type person and amongst my range of tools I have a fair amount of air tools , some years ago I learned to cap each and every one of the “nitto” air fittings each has , in order to foil the wasps who saw each such hollow as an embryonic chamber to fill with egg , food for young , and mud seal. If I forget , they’ll remind me to remain vigilant , they are opportunists !

    On the plus side , farmers all know that mud wasps will sting and paralyse caterpillars as food for their young , and so placing sticks vertically with drilled holes in amongst certain high value crops ( especially in certified organic farms ) encourages the wasps to de-pest the crop.

    Where they can get dangerous is highlighted by an incident a few years ago where an ultralight aircraft crashed , killing the pilot. It seems the fuel tank breather was blocked with mud wasp nest which caused the engine to starve for fuel and then crash.

    By nature they are quite benign but have a decent sting if needs be ( I got stung on the cheek as a kid once but that’s the only time ) , when I see them , I pretty much ignore them
    and they afford me the same consideration.

    I seal my air tools and we have achieved detente’.

    It’s the paper wasps that generate murder in my psyche !
    OUCH ! I am yet to discover their redeeming qualities……

  • BobinOz January 11, 2011, 7:15 pm | Link

    Aussie accent? Me? hahaha! are you sure? I think you’re winding me up K. It’s probably more a case of me trying to put on a posh voice for the video. Aussie indeed!

    Yes, eating outside will be great here, I’ve done it loads, obviously, never once had a wasp think he could join in too.

  • K. January 10, 2011, 12:10 am | Link

    nice post on my enemy back here in europe, gives me comfort that to enjoy eating outside will become reality once living down under! btw, bob, your accent has really become an ozzie one! the british tone is slightly disappearing, mate 😉

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